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Figure skating star Hanyu 'proud' to receive People's Honor Award

Yuzuru Hanyu, right, receives a special distinction award trophy from Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda at the JOC Sports Award ceremony in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on June 8, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Figure skating superstar Yuzuru Hanyu said he feels "proud" to receive the People's Honor Award from the government.

"As a Japanese citizen, I'm proud of that, and I think I must brace myself and continue my life," the 23-year-old Pyeongchang Olympics gold medalist told reporters when he attended the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Sports Awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 8.

Hanyu will receive the People's Honor Award after becoming the first male figure skater in 66 years to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals.

"Many people have supported me. I hope that these people's efforts will be appreciated through me," Hanyu said.

Hanyu also won a special distinction prize at the JOC Sports Award ceremony.

(Japanese original by Chisa Fukuda, Tokyo Sports News Department)

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